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APTAE
Guide / Safety

APTAE joins the IRF as an Associate member

The Peruvian Association of Adventure Tourism, Ecotourism and Specialised Tourism (APTAE) is the guild of adventure tourism in Peru. They are the Peruvian union that aims to disseminate, encourage and promote adventure tourism, ecotourism and specialised tourism in the country. We welcome them as Associate Members. APTAE History APTAE was born on October 29, 1981

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HATEOA Greece Rafting
Guide / Safety

Growing the #RiverFamily: HATEOA joins the IRF membership

HATEOA joins the IRF as an Associate member The Hellenic Association of Tourism Enterprises in Outdoor Activities (HATEOA) represents the companies that offer tourist services of outdoor leisure activities and are active both in the countryside and in the urban environments of Greece. Founded in 2012, it is a member of SETE and the European

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Ducky Madness
Guide / Safety

Ducky Madness – An Adventure Down Pine Creek

Ducky Madness – An Adventure Down Pine Creek by Monica Nigon in Rafting Magazine A ducky is perhaps the most absurd of whitewater crafts. Elitists might call it an inflatable kayak, but I find it more akin to a high-buoyancy bathtub. It combines the best qualities of a raft and the best qualities of a

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Para Rafting

Accessible Tourism – a great way to boost your numbers

What is accessible tourism? Accessible tourism is also known as Inclusive tourism, but what ever you call it, or however you define it, the meaning and aim is the same. “Accessible tourism is the ongoing endeavor to ensure tourist destinations, products, and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical or intellectual limitations,

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Rafael Gallo
Guide / Safety

Rafael Gallo leaves us in body but never in spirit or mind

The IRF, and indeed the entire rafting world, has been deeply saddened by the passing of Rafael Gallo, Honorary President of the IRF. The outpouring of messages has been huge and an indication of the respect that so many held for Rafa. A true show of the vast number of people from all round the

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Sustainable raft tourism
Sustainability

Does sustainable raft tourism exist?

Can travel for rafting be considered eco, responsible or sustainable raft tourism? By its very nature, rafting involves travel. In the traditional sense, rafting involves lashing logs together and poling or paddling on water. Human powered transportation of goods or people assisted by water flow from one point to another. Today rafting is more commonly

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Sustainable adventures in Scotland
Sustainability

Sustainable adventures in Scotland

It’s been a tough period for most rafting operators. With tight budgets, why would anyone consider limiting their operating model to be more sustainable? We asked Chris Wain (owner operator of Unique Adventure Tours Scotland) how he has made sustainable adventures in Scotland possible. Unique Adventure Tours Scotland is a fledgeling business based in Highland

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Adversity to Hope Rios Tropicales
Sustainability

From adversity to hope: Rios Tropicales passes the baton

A pillar of rafting operators the world over, Rios Tropicales has called time and is passing the baton. From adversity to hope is the message from Rafael Gallo, CEO of Rios Tropicales and IRF Honorary President. By Rafael Gallo. For 35 years, Rios Tropicales has led Costa Rica adventure travel and ecotourism. We pioneered whitewater

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Tour rafting

Rafting Books – good reads

At this time of year many of you may be looking for presents to give to loved ones, or finding a good book to snuggle down with in your winter, or read on the beach in your summer – why not some good rafting books! There are plenty of “how to” rafting books, but we’re

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